Once the work is complete, there’s quite a bit of strategy that goes into curating, documentation, and the exhibit. Swipe left to see the model @joshualinergallery created for Seattle Art Fair. ⬅️ Painting: “It Went Like This # 2, mixed media on canvas, 56” x 72”, 2019
“Archive”, mixed media on canvas, 60” x 48”, 2019💥 Tomorrow and through the weekend you can see this piece among several other new large works at The Seattle Art Fair with @joshualinergallery
Finding more time alone with my work these past few months. ✨Excited to share a new body of work at Seattle Art Fair with @joshualinergallery August 1-4. The solo booth will showcase new canvases and works on paper, created specifically for the fair. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries. @seattleartfair
From my piece at The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I’m skeptical when a painting happens too fast, like the painting never had to go on trial to defend itself. I need to go through an experience with the work. Finding problems in painting is crucial to my practice because it gives me something to solve.
Quite a few hours of painting led up to this moment of documenting new works. Looking forward to a little rest and sunshine this weekend. Shoutout to @samhylton for your help today 💫
Chatham # 3, mixed media on paper, 30” x 22”, 2019
Here’s a rare progress shot of what I’m working on at the moment. I’ve shared less of the studio the past few months as a form of respect to my practice - an effort to provide space for growth free from outside opinions. There will be a time for that, just not yet. I’m painting 8-9 hours a day and the paintings are stacked! Each painting has another 2-5 canvases behind it. Not all of the works will make the cut, but it feels good to be surrounded by a physical representation of my time and thought process.
Right or left?
Thinking about the power of open space and the potential it leaves for marks to move freely. / Are You Serious #6, 2019
Color can come through experience. On a flight back from New York, I moved my hand from the tray table to lower the window shade. In that moment, with sun pouring through the window, I saw my hand transform to a neon, almost fiery cadmium color. It was glowing as I slowly moved the shade. I saw I could manipulate and control that color.
Sunday I had the honor of attending the grand opening of a new community center in West Oakland with @urbanlifementors + @nycthrive. The center is conveniently located across the street from an Oakland Public school with the goal to create opportunity through the arts and nurturing leadership development for youth. It’s encouraging to witness @clorox step in to support this initiative with their What Comes Next Project- It’s one thing to help clean up a space, and it’s another to think about the bigger picture and support a thriving future of the community. #WhatComesNextProject #sponsored
Alone with my paintings on this Sunday evening. / work in progress
Right or left?
One mark leads to the next until there’s nothing else that needs to be done. - Thank you @small.works.sf for the beautifully crafted hand built frames.
Thinking back to January’s show @joshualinergallery. The work I created was a study of relationships found through consequential shifts in perspective. This week I’ve been thinking more about that shift and how my paintings represent a vessel for controlled chaos - splatters, rehearsed scribbles and washes of pigment. It’s an emotional language that doesn’t have a linear narrative.
When I graduated undergrad, my application to the @vermontstudiocenter residency was turned down. For good reasons too- my work was not ready. That phrase alone kind of kills me. When are we ever ready? Maybe there’s just a point where we are ready enough. You’ve put in the time and have something to show for it. I’m excited to share that I’ll be joining the Vermont Studio Center residency program for a month this coming fall. 💫 “We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming” - Bob Dylan
Admiring the overlap between the Saguaro National Park Visitor Center and Ellsworth Kelly’s painting ‘Cité’. It’s inspiring to see thoughtful design used for public structures. More of this please!
It’s an exciting time to be in my studio. It’s filling up fast with canvases and I’ve been in a flow state - almost nonstop painting for hours on end for several days now. I had to work through a lot of frustration in my work to get to this point and hope I can keep feeding this creative fire all summer. I’m not quite ready to share what I’ve been working on so here’s a painting from 2016 that I think about often. It’s titled Told You Twice. ✨ I added a link in my bio to sign up for my not-so-often newsletter. In case you’re curious, this email list gets priority when I release new works with a gallery - which by the way, will be happening again later this summer. More on that coming soon. Thanks again for following my work. It feels good to have the support.
Nothing like a short break from the studio to gain perspective. I worked on this sketch about an hour outside of San Francisco at Shark Fin Cove.
Forcing myself to sit down and write about my work. I’m dyslexic and often find organizing my thoughts into a chronological and meaningful way to be difficult. Despite that, I know it’s valuable. It goes both ways. Painting informs writing and writing informs painting. Does anyone else struggle with this? I know that putting the work into writing now will make it even more rewarding when a sentence finally just clicks. You know, that aha! moment when a sequence of words fits seamlessly into a paragraph. ✨
Quiet # 2, mixed media on canvas, 60” x 48”, 2017
Continually inspired by the enterprising, artistic minds of my good friends Sara and Rich Combs @thejoshuatreehouse. Their new Inn project outside Tucson, AZ is remarkable. Can’t wait to cheer them across the finish line at the big public opening in early fall. 🏠🌵📸 @chase.mcbride
When a collector lets you keep a framed piece from a larger commission series 💫 Thanks Cheryl, I’m excited to hold on to this one. Handmade frame by @small.works.sf.
Proud to announce this limited edition collaboration with @camelbak, proceeds of which will be donated to @conservationalliance to help protect rivers and trails across North America. The lexicon of marks represent an expanding vocabulary built while transitioning in and out of the studio. Depicting the textures, colors, and light that followed me. Link in bio.
Spectacle, 48” x 36”, mixed media on canvas, 2019 🎈 Join us tonight for Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist Group show @joshualinergallery 6-8pm in New York. Each gallery artist has invited another artist they admire to accompany their work in the show- in which case I invited @emma_webster_art. See you tonight!
This morning I went straight from the airport to the studio. As Chuck Close said- Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work.
Revisiting this mural I completed in Napa Valley Last summer as I plan for my next few big projects.
I love the energy that the constant creation and color gives to the space, especially against the minimal aesthetic of the loft. It feels like a living, breathing entity. A cycle of turning nothing into something. - From my home/studio feature in Dwell Magazine In 2017. Photo by @margaretaustin_photo.
Neighbor # 2, mixed media on canvas, 42” x 84” 2019
I’ve been a little quiet lately but finding this time mostly alone in the studio extremely valuable. I’m rethinking my painting tools and experimenting with concepts I’ve had on hold for too long. Someone asked me how that feels yesterday and I thought - it’s exhilarating, frustrating, sometimes lonely, and also gratifying. Each day my paintings lift me up into a state of high when it’s going ‘right’ and then before I know it, they drop me- put me back in my place and remind me to keep searching. 📸 @margaretaustin_photo
Desert studio rendering No.1 - When I was living in Baltimore as an undergrad, I stumbled upon a book at MICA’s library about Georgia O’Keeffe and her desert home/studio. The vision of a remote structure, built to focus specifically on creative pursuits away from the city stuck with me. I’m pinching myself now as my own desert studio inches closer to reality. My favorite aspect is that the back of the house and studio is entirely windows- blurring the indoor and outdoor space. Compliments to our architect, @ryanleidner
Here’s a photo I took in my studio in 2017. I was hungry for color during this time. Things are shifting in my practice and smaller bursts of color seem to have more of an impact. Remnants from these paintings remain on my walls- the left over drips and marks that strayed away from the canvas have now become references for new works.
“Chelsea # 37”, monoprint, 30” x 22”, 2019 - I can’t wait to work with @marginaleditions again. Working on this series of monoprints in New York made me rethink several aspects to my practice like how I organize select color palettes in advance.
It’s a Requirement To Disappear, 42” x 84”, mixed media on canvas - From my solo show with @hashimotocontemporary last year.
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. - Joan Didion, New York Times archives 1976
“Proximity To The Ocean”, mixed media on canvas, 56” x 72”, 2016
Now that my mural is complete @google, we did a 3D scan of the room so that I could continue painting digitally in virtual reality. The result will be a component of the mural that you can only see on a phone in augmented reality. One of the big hurdles for me is learning how to paint in VR. Like most things, it takes time and practice to get used to this new method of working.
Next Sunday I will be speaking on an artist panel at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art where we will discuss aspects of our studio practice such as residencies, schedules, business and maintaining artistic principles. I hope to see you there! Link in bio for a ticket. @sanjoseica 📸 @mallory.ryan.kimmel
“It’s a Requirement To Disappear # 4- # 19” 💫 Meticulously built custom frames by @small.works.sf.
Work in progress this afternoon